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dhaupt wrote:

yeah Becke unfortunately all my images have the weird little box even though on the preview they show up ok. I think it might be a MAC issue.

 

Oh well no glitter for me ;-(


 

Rats, Debbie - I didn't realize that was a problem.

 

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Clea_Simon wrote:

 

Probable Claws Hi everyone!

 

 

I'm the author of two cozy mystery series - the Theda Krakow books with Poisoned Pen Press and the Dulcie Schwartz series with Severn House  - and I'm about to start a third: the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series (with Poisoned Pen). What's "pet noir"? Well, imagine a bad-girl animal psychic with an attitude - but not as much attitude as her grouchy old tabby, Wallis, and you get the idea. My pet noir debuts next spring with "Dogs Don't Lie" (yup, I'm not "species-ist" and in this one, Pru helps an innocent dog out of a jam. Wallis, her cat, is ambivalent about the whole matter!)

 

 

Grey Matters

 

 


 

Hello Clea,

As a cat lover all I can say is "Great titles!"  I saw them and found myself smiling.  I will definitely have to check them out.  Best of luck with your series.

Bonnie

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becke_davis wrote:

As to the graphics, I search for them on Google Images. Add the word "glitter" to whatever topic you are searching for, and you'll find sites that have lots of images to choose from.

 

You can insert an image on of two ways:

 

1) Right click on the image and paste it in here

(This only works for images on the web - not from your home computer. Contact me if you want to upload one of your own pictures - I'll have to do it for you.)

 

2) You can use an embed code for an image or video by copying the code, clicking "HTML" (above left) and then pasting it in.

 

After you post the image, double-check that it really worked. Sometimes images are "deleted" - you can see them online, but when you try to copy and paste them all that shows up is a weird little box. If that happens, pick another image and try again.

 

You can go back and change your post by going into the Option box on the right and selecting "Edit Post."


 

 

Becke:

 

Thanks! I give a try tomorrow.

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Good luck! Let me know if you run into problems.

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Hello:  With my friend Michael Sears, I write detective stories set in Botswana, under the pen name of Michael Stanley.  Both of us are South African born and retired professors, Michael of Mathematics and I of Educational Psychology.  Michael lives in Johannesburg, and I split my time between Minneapolis and a small, coastal town in South Africa, called Knysna (silent 'k').

 

Our first book, A Carrion Death, was published in 2008 by HarperCollins in the USA, and was fortunate to be short-listed for a number of awards for first novel, including Strand Magazine's Critics Award, the Barry, and Macavity awards.

 

Our second book, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu, was released in 2009.  It is called A Deadly Trade by our UK publishers.

 

The series features a detective in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, whose name is Assistant Superintendent David Bengu.  He enjoys the nickname of 'Kubu', which means 'hippopotamus' in the local language Setswana.  After all, he is seemingly large and placid, but like his riverine counterpart, can be very dogged and dangerous.  In reality, to the surprise of many, the hippo is the most dangerous animal in Africa.

 

A Carrion Death is set in the center of Botswana, near some of the world's richest diamond mines.  Detective Kubu is called upon to investigate the death of someone whose remains had nearly been consumed by hyenas.  With no one reported missing and no clues as to whose body it is, Kubu is unsure of how to proceed.  Some unrelated incidents start to niggle at Kubu's mind, and he ends up in the middle of a net of corporate greed and the subtle use of blood diamonds for personal gain.

 

The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu is set along the lush, rivers in the north of Botswana.  At a sleepy tourist camp, two guests are brutally murdered, and a third has disappeared.  Kubu is called upon to assist the local detectives and finds to his surprise that fingerprint records of the one guest, Goodluck Tinubu, indicate that he died 30 years earlier.  This book has as its backstory the problems in modern Zimbabwe and the impact the Rhodesian Civil War had on its citizens and on the surrounding countries.

 

Our third Detective Kubu mystery, tentatively entitled Death of the Mantis, is with our editor.  It is set in the south of Botswana and has as its backstory the plight of the nomadic bushmen being squeezed by the encroachment of modern civilization.

 

We've been very fortunate to be published in French, Italian, and German as well.

 

Please feel free to visit our website at http://www.detectivekubu.com.

 

Thanks to B & N for its support of mystery writers and books.  I wish I could add the covers here, but I haven't figured that out yet.

 

 

Stan Trollip

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Welcome Back Stanley i will Post your books.When you hit Reply ,on the page you will see ADD PRODUCT..And thats all there is to it....I follow you on twitter.as VtCozy and you have the most interesting tweets.And also        http://www.murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com  I hope thats the right link.............Best   Susan Vtc...

A Carrion Death 

 

The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu  

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Stanley and Michael,

Welcome to both of you. Welcome to our little group. I will check out your website. Your titles and covers are very nice.

Luanne

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Good morning Stan,

 

Congratulations on your series of books. They sound very interesting. I suspect that you are proud to have the World Cup being played in your home country. I'm watching more than a few of the of the games, when I should be working!!

 

Have a great day!

 

Jim Colombo

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Hi Stan - great to see you again!

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I have been very proud of how South Africa has hosted the World Cup.  The small town in which I live - Knysna - has both the French and Danish teams staying here. What a contrast!  The Danes have been warm, mingling with locals and generally enjoying my beautiful town.  The French, on the other hand, have been aloof, secretive and insistent onhaving mega-security around the hotel.  This means that I have to be security checked everytime I drive to town and return home.

 

I have always liked France and the French, but I have to admit that I and most of my friends will be delighted to wave the team goodbye.  Their behaviour and attitude have won no friends here.  This evening after South Africa beat the French, my friends and I were sadly discussing how easy it would have been for the French team to make a hit here.  Had they invited all the residents who were inconvenienced by security to a short reception to express thanks, they would have had the whole town rooting for them (except against South Africa, of course).  Instead they were secretive, unfriendly, and arrogant.  They even needed eight or nine police cars to escort them the mile to the practice field.

 

Still, all the matches have gone off well, albeit with sometimes excessive dramatics and diving.  The stadia are gorgeous works of art as well as being efficient and functional.      And everyone is having a great time.

 

Tomorrow I support the US.  I'm hoping they get through to the second round.  Go Eagles.

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Hi Stanley,

I think that it is really neat that you are so close to the behind the scenes action of an event that the whole world is watching.. Except for the security problems, it must be a wonderful experience.

 

From what I can gather from my limited knowledge, the French team seems in disarray, which perhaps is why they are so aloof. 

 

At any rate the US is playing now and we shall see if they can advance. It should be exciting.

 

Jim

 

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Some of you may be interested in this:

 

 

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Everyone is welcome--fans, readers, aspiring authors and industry professionals.

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becke, I know this isn't on the scale of the Thrillerfest, but this weekend, there is a

 

Mystery Authors Conference hosted by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, at Scottsdale Arizona

For more info, check out:

http://www.poisonedpen.com/event-calendar

 

I was fortunate enough to attend Tuesday's event with Tarquin Hall, and got an autographed copy of his new book, From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. Other authors who are scheduled to appear this weekend, June 24--26 include Diana Gabaldon and Jacqueline Winspear.

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Fricka wrote:

becke, I know this isn't on the scale of the Thrillerfest, but this weekend, there is a

 

Mystery Authors Conference hosted by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, at Scottsdale Arizona

For more info, check out:

http://www.poisonedpen.com/event-calendar

 

I was fortunate enough to attend Tuesday's event with Tarquin Hall, and got an autographed copy of his new book, From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. Other authors who are scheduled to appear this weekend, June 24--26 include Diana Gabaldon and Jacqueline Winspear.


 

Thanks for posting that! Since we're all over the country, you never know what will interest our participants. I wish I could go to this one -- it sounds like fun! You may have to camp out the night before to see Diana Gabaldon. She's HUGELY popular. Of course, so is Jacqueline Winspear, but Gabaldon is approaching cult status, it seems.

 

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becke, I met Diana Gabaldon some years ago, at a Women's Conference at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. She was very pleasant and easy to chat with, and she seems to be fairly accessible here in the Phoenix area, so it was interesting to read your comment about her books acquiring cult status.

I recently bought the most recent Winspear book, and the rules of this meeting are that she will only sign books that are bought at the Conference, and also her conference is being held at the Arizona Biltmore rather than at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, and I don't like the drive and parking situation at the Biltmore, so I probably will give that a miss. However, I noticed a number of Gabaldon books that had been signed at the bookstore, so maybe there will be some copies of JW's other books that have been signed, after the conference. About book signings, I would advise members here to check to see if any of their local bookstores or libraries are hosting author meetings and/or signings.

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Fricka wrote:

becke, I know this isn't on the scale of the Thrillerfest, but this weekend, there is a

 

Mystery Authors Conference hosted by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, at Scottsdale Arizona

For more info, check out:

http://www.poisonedpen.com/event-calendar

 

I was fortunate enough to attend Tuesday's event with Tarquin Hall, and got an autographed copy of his new book, From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. Other authors who are scheduled to appear this weekend, June 24--26 include Diana Gabaldon and Jacqueline Winspear.


 

 

I love poisoned penn press they publish a lot of my go to authors, too bad I'm in Missouri ;-)

 

Betty Webb is one of my favs she writes the Lena Jones mystery series Desert Noir (Len Jones Series #1) plus she just stared another series staring a zoo keeperThe Anteater of Death  

 

And Mary Anna Evans writes a series staring archeologist Faye Longchamp  Artifacts is the first in the series

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Fricka wrote:

becke, I met Diana Gabaldon some years ago, at a Women's Conference at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. She was very pleasant and easy to chat with, and she seems to be fairly accessible here in the Phoenix area, so it was interesting to read your comment about her books acquiring cult status.

 

I recently bought the most recent Winspear book, and the rules of this meeting are that she will only sign books that are bought at the Conference, and also her conference is being held at the Arizona Biltmore rather than at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, and I don't like the drive and parking situation at the Biltmore, so I probably will give that a miss.

 

However, I noticed a number of Gabaldon books that had been signed at the bookstore, so maybe there will be some copies of JW's other books that have been signed, after the conference. About book signings, I would advise members here to check to see if any of their local bookstores or libraries are hosting author meetings and/or signings.


 

 

I've read a couple Winspear books and she's really good, too. I think even her first books went straight to the best seller list.

 

As to Gabaldon, I've bought them all but haven't read them yet. From what I've heard, I'm going to want to jump straight from one book to the next, so I've been hoping I'd have a week where I could drop everything and just immerse myself in her books. My friends who have read her books are all rabid fans!

 

I stayed at the Arizona Biltmore once, quite awhile back. It's such a cool place! I'd love to go back there one day. Preferably when it's cold and snowy in the Midwest.

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Hello,

 

My name is Trudi.  I was interested in joining your Mystery Book Club if it is not too late. I love mysteries. I didn't see the title of the July selection.  If someone could let me know, I probably missed the post. I love the library by the way. 

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TrudiS wrote:

Hello,

 

My name is Trudi.  I was interested in joining your Mystery Book Club if it is not too late. I love mysteries. I didn't see the title of the July selection.  If someone could let me know, I probably missed the post. I love the library by the way. 


 

 

Hi Trudi - thanks for joining us! The title "Mystery Book Club" is misleading, and I hope it's going to be changed soon. Originally, that's what B&N thought these boards would be, but they've evolved into forums where we meet authors and talk to them about their books, recommend books we've been reading, and talk about anything related to mysteries, romantic suspense and any crime-connected books.

 

Well, we also have a totally off-topic party room, if you feel inclined to let your hair down. It gets a little crazy there.

 

Next month, we will have several guest authors joining us. 


*The week of JULY 5, our featured author will be LIBBY FISCHER HELLMANN.


*The week of JULY 12, our featured author will be JENNIFER MCMAHON.

 

*The week of JULY 19, our featured author will be SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD.

 

I haven't made the official announcement for July yet because the last week is not confirmed. Stay tuned!

 

One more note: I feature authors and their body of work rather than just their latest releases. This way you have the option of reading any of the books that interest you, if you choose to do so, rather than focusing only on the latest title.

 

Sorry about the confusion!

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Promise Not to Tell  Dear Trudi..As a BN Reader I welcome you to our "Mystery Board..Becke already explained all to you,I am just here to also Invite you To our "Fiction Board"For August Its also quite a "Mystery"!!

Drawing in the Dust I posted the Hardcover,but it is also in paperback..Quite a few readers have reserved their copy at Their Local Library..Have a look at the book and the "Drawing in the Dust"Thread for August.I hope you like the story.Our Moderator Debbie Haupt has written her Review(No spoilers,of course)on that thread..Hope to see you there...Best Susan Vtc...

 The visiting July "Mystery"writers are amazing  I finished "Promise Not to Tell"Jennifer McMahon. and I am planning to read "Dismantled"By her as well..Very Good writer...

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